On your marks for school’s run

A volunteer from the Woodlawn Parents & Friends Association with the bags, feating Christmas puddings and certificates, that will be handed to runners.

A volunteer from the Woodlawn Parents & Friends Association with the bags, feating Christmas puddings and certificates, that will be handed to runners.

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Fun runners are preparing to work of their Christmas excesses while supporting a local school.

Woodlawn School’s annual Christmas Pudding Fun Run is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year.

It will take place on The Links, Whitley Bay, on Boxing Day, with runners being waved off at 10.30am by Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell.

Each runner will receive a Christmas pudding and certificate.

Organised by Woodlawn Parents & Friends Association, the even raises money for the school. Entrants will pay £7 (adults) and £3 (children).

Organisers are also looking for memories from the first run, which took place to raise funds for a hydrotherapy pool at the school.

Woodlawn headteacher Gill Wilson said: “There are many questions. Whose idea was a Xmas Pudding Fun Run? Are any of the original runners still around? Has anyone taken part in every run?”

Last year more than 800 runners took part, with participants aged from under eight to over eighty.

A run has taken place on all but two Boxing Days since 1985. Snow and ice saw one Run postponed to February and another cancelled altogether.

North Tyneside Polytechnic Running Club members had always taken part in the run, and now help provide marshals, health and safety, first aid, registration, and handing goodie bags to runners.

Brenda Boyd, of WPFA, said: “The run could not take place without them.

“This is why proceeds are now shared with the Poly Runners to cover their costs, and as a way of saying thanks.”

This year’s event is once again being supported by Start Fitness.

Mr Campbell said: “I am always delighted to be asked to start the annual Christmas Pudding Fun Run and to be able to support Woodlawn School.

!It is a great community event, an opportunity to run off the excesses of the day before and all in a good cause.

!I would encourage as many people as possible to take part and to come to The Links to watch and support the event.”